“What is ISO 9001?”

Well, you’re not alone if you are looking for a simple answer to this question. This overview guide can help you learn why ISO 9001 creates benefits across your organization, help you discover what the ISO 9001 requirements are, and give the practical steps you need to take to get certified.

Your simple introduction to the basics of ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is the international standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS), published by ISO (the International Organization for Standardization). The standard was most recently updated in 2015, and is referred to as ISO 9001:2015. In order to be released and updated, ISO 9001 had to be agreed upon by a majority of member countries so that it would become an internationally recognized standard, which means it is accepted by a majority of countries worldwide.

A survey of ISO 9001 certification at the end of 2012 shows that in spite of the global recession the number of companies that have implemented an ISO 9001 quality management standard still shows a general positive trend worldwide.

In addition, there are other documents in the ISO 9000 family that support the ISO 9001 requirements: ISO 9000 defines the terms and principles behind ISO 9001, and ISO 9004 provides guidance on making an ISO 9001 Quality Management System more successful.

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